Education alternatives

educationEducation Alternatives (TARGETjobs / AGCAS publication) aims to provide information about education-related careers other than teaching in mainstream schools. So.. if you’re

  • drawn towards an educational role but not sure that mainstream teaching is for you, or
  • a trainee or qualified teacher who would like to move to a different role in education

this may give you some ideas

UK Scholar and Postgraduate Awards for study and research in the US


The US UK Fulbright Commission offers a variety of awards for individuals to pursue study, research, and teaching in any academic subject at any US higher education institution.

You can find detailed information on their website about the awards.  The Fulbright website is a great resource if you’re considering studying in the USA!

China? Gap year?

africaasiaventure_0515Africa & Asia Venture‘s project offers exposure to and experience of both ‘first’ and developing world China.  Starting with a four-week home-stay and Mandarin course in the affluent city of Hangzhou you will then move to The Thousand Island Lakes area where you will be teaching English to impoverished children.

Not just gap years, China and teaching!
AV also offer Art, Drama, Music and Dance; Community work; and Sports coaching as volunteering and summer projects in India, Nepal, Thailand, Kenya, Malawi, South Africa, Tanzania and Uganda.

Which route into teaching is best for you?

appleThe Quiz on the UCAS Teacher Training website (UTT) may help you to decide.  Once you’ve taken the quiz come in and talk it over with a Careers Consultant.  This will give you a chance to ask any questions you may have.

It’s also worth looking at UCAS TV!

QTS – books that can help

We’re re-posting this today, in case you missed it first time round:

Trainee teachers hoping to gain Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) need to pass ICT, numeracy and literacy skills tests.

Books with sample tests are useful practice.  You can find these in the Placement and Careers Centre – we have three books to help you practice for these tests.

Ask to see:

Passing the Numeracy Skills Test – achieving QTS series by Mark Patmore

Passing the ICT Skills Test – achieving QTS series by Clive Ferrigan

Passing the Literacy Skills Test – achieving QTS series by Jim Johnson